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Park University School for Education Conceptual Framework
ED 608 Assessment
U1P 2011 DLI
Singer, Marietta N.
Assistant Professor, Teacher Leadership, Ed. Leadership
Ph.D. Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nebraska - LincolnM.Ed. Administration, University of Nebraska - LincolnB.S. Elementary Education - Missouri Western State University
Herr House, Room 19
June 6-July 31, 2011
Textbook: Classroom Assessment: What Teachers Need to Know , 6th Edition, W. James Popham; Pearson Education, INC., publishing as Allyn & Bacon, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-700235-1 (ISBN-10: 0-13-700235-1)
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources for all MAT, Ed Leadership, Early Childhood and Language and Literacy students: Electronic Portfolio
Students in the MAT, Ed Leadership and Language and Literacy programs are required to complete a portfolio and must purchase a license to use the Foliotek electronic portfolio for their School for Education (SFE) portfolio, a graduation requirement; a license may be purchased for 3 yrs. - $87.00, 2 yrs. - $59.00, or 1 yr - $30.00.
To make arrangements to purchase a Foliotek license, you must contact Carol Williams via email at Carol.Williams@park.edu and provide your full name, student ID number, program (i.e., MAT Program), # of years you wish to purchase the Foliotek license, and an email address where you wish to be contacted. Within a few days, you will receive an email from Foliotek with online purchasing information. Upon receipt of this email, purchase your Foliotek contract. Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive your login information from Foliotek. You must then send a final email to Carol Williams (Carol.Williams@park.edu) requesting she provide your current education professors and academic advisor - list them - access to view your portfolio. It is imperative you complete this final step!!
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This course is designed to address current issues relating to assessment, including formal and informal assessment, teacher-made tests, authentic assessment as well as standardized tests and state mandated assessments. Student will become familiar with important assessment terminology and the implications of federal testing mandates. They will analyze and reflect on a variety of types of assessment used in schools, and learn the importance of using assessment results to make informed instructional decisions.
This course will provide PK-12 classroom teachers’ and administrator’s with thorough understanding and in-depth skill in interpreting and using the results of standardized assessments and formal and informal classroom assessments. The course emphasizes the strong connections between curriculum, instruction and assessment. Students will develop a variety of appropriate assessment items for classroom use that accurately measure their PK-12 students’ mastery of curricular standards
Educational Philosophy: The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
This course is designed to address issues relating to formal and informal assessment, teacher-made tests, authentic assessment as well as standardized tests. The core assessment for this course will determine the student’s proficiency in developing appropriate assessment instruments for classroom use, and in interpreting information from standardized tests to other professionals and parents. Reflections of each of these activities and a Power Point presentation describing at least one assessment technique and how it can be used to benefit students should be written clearly and concisely with logical progression of ideas and supporting information and no errors in writing mechanics.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
ED608 Assessment: This class will be assessed in a variety of ways. Students will earn points each week for active participation in the online dicussions over the textbook and lecture. Each week students will participate in a variety of activities. In addition, students will begin work on their final project during the first week of class. The final project will be due the last week of class. A final exam will also take place during the final week of class. Students will need to request an proctor for the class within the first three weeks of the class.
GRADE Matrix for ED608 Assessment
Unit 1 Points
Unit 2 Points
Unit 3 Points
Unit 4 Points
Unit 5 Points
Unit 6 Points
Unit 7 Points
Unit 8 Points
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Graduate students are expected to complete their assignments and turn them in according to the class expectations as shown in the syllabus. Late work may be accepted, but at a reduced point value. If and emergency occurs, please contact you professor and make arrangements to complete the work as soon as possible.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Graduate students are expected to treat others with respect. Cooperation and collaboration are keys to a successful online or classroom learning environment.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Week 1
· Why do Teachers Need to Know about Assessment
· Deciding What to Assess and How to Assess It
· Reliability of Assessment
CORE LEARNING OUTCOMES for Week I
· Gain a working knowledge of basic assessment terminology
· Identify the various purposes of assessment
· Use descriptive and correlation statistics in the interpretation of assessment results
· Interpret standardized tests, be able to communicate results to parents, and utilize results to inform instruction
Week 1 Assignments
1. Introduce yourself in the INTRODUCTIONS section under the COURSE HOME.
2. Familiarize yourself with the online eCollege platform so you can navigate around easily in it. (I suggest you simply CLICK around on the various buttons and see what you find. The system is intuitive and straightforward. Also, please don't hesitate to e-mail me or call me if you have questions. The helpdesk is also a ready resource for you.)
3. Read over the SYLLABUS to make sure you understand the course expectations.
READ: Chapters 1, 2 & 3 in Classroom Assessment. Most weeks you will only read two chapters, but this week you will be responsible for three. This is a week with several things to do so it will help if you can get started as early in the week.
DISCUSSION: Before you start on the discussion for this week, you’ll be asked check out a Judith Dodge article on formative assessment.
Posting: For each of the chapters you read, and the article, you will need to post a Response to the Reading. The responses should be brief and explain at least one idea or major point you got from each chapter, and the article. Responses should be posted by Wednesday midnight each week. Three chapters and an article assigned during week means you will post four ideas from the reading this week responses.
By Friday midnight of each week you will need to comment on at least one classmate’s response to the reading. Commenting on more than one will enhance the discussion, so please feel free to comment on more than one.
ACTIVITY 1: Ponder time – You will select one of the questions and respond by posting your answer by Saturday midnight. By Sunday midnight, you should read the posting of your peers and respond to at least one. (You’ll be asked to do this most weeks.)
ACTIVITY 2: Locate a teacher developed assessment, like a unit test, or a quarterly final that covers content in one of the subjects you teach. This could include a district developed assessment, or one developed collaborative by a group of teachers. It should be a test that you would like to revise as a final project for this class. You’ll start working on revising it next week, so it is important to locate it this week.
If you are not now currently teaching, you may be able to locate an assessment you can use on the internet, or borrow one if you work in a school setting. You do not need to post anything for this activity for Unit 1
CORE LEARNING OUTCOMES for Unit 2
· Gain a working knowledge of basic assessment terminology (validity, Reliability, and absences of bias)
· Identify the most common uses of assessment terms and their application
· Implement fair qualitative and quantitative grading procedures
Week 2 Assignments:
READ: Chapters 5 & 6 in Classroom Assessment.
DISCUSSION: For each chapter read, you will need to post a response to the reading. The responses should be brief and explain at least one idea or major point you got from each chapter. Responses to the chapters should be posted by Wednesday midnight each week. Two chapters during week two means you will post a response that contains one idea from each of the two chapters. In addition, you will post a response to No Child Left Behind.
By Friday midnight of each week you will need to comment on at least one additional person’s response to the reading.
Activity 1: Ponder time – Select one of the questions listed and respond by posting your answer by Friday midnight. By Sunday midnight, you should read the postings of your peers and respond to at least one. (You’ll be asked to do this each week.)
Activity 2: You should have located a classroom assessment in your content area that you will revise and use as your final project. You should start analyzing your test this week in Activity 2.
CORE LEARNING OUTCOMES for Week 3
· Develop assessment techniques to measure psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains and relate assessment to course objectives and instruction
· Develop effective objective, subjective, and essay items and utilize item analysis to improve assessment measures
Unit 3 Assignments:
READ: Chapters 6, 7 & 8 in Classroom Assessment.
VIEW VIDEOS: Follow the links below to see some brief videos of Performance Assessment in Action. You may watch either the first three videos or the last one. For the first two, read the brief content on the web pages, then watch the videos, along with the third video. If you are really interested you welcome to watch all four, but you may do the three together or the single video by Linda Darling Hammond.
For a more comprehensive overview and a broader perspective watch this video.
DISCUSSION: For each chapter read and the videos that go with Chapter 8 you will need to post a response to the reading. The responses should be brief and explain at least one idea or major point you got from each chapter and what it means to you and your teaching. Responses to the chapters should be posted by Wednesday midnight each week. Three chapters assigned for this week means you will post three responses and explain three ideas/points. The videos are related to the performance assessments covered in Chapter 8 so you may cover that content in your response to Chapter 8.
Activity 1: Ponder time – Select one of the questions, one that not more than one other person has selected and respond to it by posting your answer by Friday midnight. By Sunday midnight, you should read the postings of your peers and respond to at least one. You may respond to as many as you’d like. (You’ll be asked to do this each week.)
Activity 2: Your assessment project – Look over the assessment you chose and compare the questions to the standards for your state. Post your analysis of the assessment, explaining how well it covers the standards/outcomes by Thursday midnight. By Sunday midnight, you should read the postings of your peers and respond to at least one. You may respond to as many as you’d like.
CORE LEARNING OUTCOMES for Week 4
· Identify the various purposes of portfolio assessment
· Identify the various purposes of affective assessment
· Develop an understanding the principles of mastery learning.
· Analyze sample classroom data.
· Implement fair qualitative and quantitative grading procedures including authentic/portfolio assessments
Week 4 Assignments:
READ: Chapters 9 & 10 in Classroom Assessment.
VIEW VIDEOS: For Unit 4, view the following brief videos on Portfolio Assessment:
Using Portfolios as An Assessment Tool:
Student Writing Portfolios
Using Portfolios to Assess Student Learning
DISCUSSION: For each chapter read, you will need to post a response to the reading. The responses should be brief and explain at least one idea or major point you got from each chapter, and something you learned from any of the four videos on Portfolio Assessment. The responses should be brief and explain at least one idea or major point you got from each chapter, what it means to you, and the impact it might have on your teaching. Responses to the chapters should be posted by Wednesday midnight each week Responses to the chapters should be posted by Wednesday midnight each week. Two chapters and the videos this week means you will post three responses.
Activity 1: Ponder time – Select one of the questions in the Activities 1 thread and respond by posting your answer by Friday midnight. By Sunday midnight, you should read the postings of your peers and respond to at least one. (You’ll be asked to do this each week.)
Activity 2: The second activity for this week involved an analysis of some of the assessment result for a fictional 8th grade social studies classroom. You will cover a variety of issued in the analysis. It will also involve developing an understanding of “mastery” as it applies to learning outcomes.
Post your analysis (i.e. response to the questions) by Thursday midnight. By Sunday midnight, you should read the postings of your peers and respond to at least one. You should begin to think about how you want to change the assessment you are completing for your final assessment project.
CORE LEARNING OUTCOMES for Week 5
· Gain a working knowledge of basic assessment terminology
· Identify the various purposes of formative assessment
· Identify appropriate, measurable goals, and learner outcomes using the taxonomy of instructional objectives
· Develop assessment techniques to measure the cognitive domain and relate assessment to course objectives and instruction and assessment
· Develop effective objective, subjective, and constructed response (essay items) and utilize item analysis to improve assessment measures Develop an understanding of mastery learning.
· Apply the principles of mastery learning
· Evaluate a variety of assessment items for consistency, reliability and alignment to learner outcomes
· Implement fair qualitative and quantitative formative assessment procedures to assist in determining student progress grading
Week 5 Assignments:
READ: Chapters 11 & 12 in Classroom Assessment.
RESEARCH: This week you will do some research on your own. Your assignment is to do a web search and find and article or a video over formative assessment. Once you settle on one you like develop a brief summary of the article or video (summary/what you liked/what it means to your teaching format) and post it, along with the link in discussion thread three.
DISCUSSION: For each chapter read, and your research on formative assessment, you will need to post a response to the reading. The responses should be brief and explain at least post one idea or major point you got from each chapter. Responses to the chapters should be posted by Wednesday midnight each week. Two chapters read and the research piece means you will post three responses. Each discussion thread is worth 10 points.
Activity 1: Ponder time – Select one of listed questions and respond by posting your answer by Friday midnight. By Sunday midnight, you should read the postings of your peers and respond to at least one. (You’ll be asked to do this each week.)
Activity 2: Analyzing Your Assessment – Assessment Project – This week you will complete the plan for your final assessment project. In the next three weeks you will complete the project one section at a time. You will use a couple of documents to complete your analysis of your assessment, and the plan for improvement. The planning guide you complete this week will also serve as an Introduction for your assessment and will be worth 25 point on the final assessment project. You should plan to revise it based on the input of your peers, as needed.
Post the plan for your assessment by Thursday midnight. By Sunday midnight, you should read the postings of your peers and respond to at least one.
CORE LEARNER OUTCOMES for Week 6:
· Gain a working knowledge of basic standardized assessment terminology
· Identify the various purposes of standardized assessment
· Identify appropriate and inappropriate test preparation practices
Week 6 Assignments:
READ: Chapters 13 & 14 in Classroom Assessment.
VIEW: View the Power Point presentation: Unit 6 – Ethical Test Preparation Practices
DISCUSSION: For each chapter read, you will need to post a response to the reading. The responses should be brief and explain at least one idea or major point you got from each chapter. Responses to the chapters should be posted by Wednesday midnight each week. Two chapters during week one means you will post two responses.
Activity 1: Ponder time – Select one of questions and respond by posting your answer by Friday midnight. By Sunday midnight, you should read the postings of your peers and respond to at least one. (You’ll be asked to do this each week.
· If you had to use only one of the three individual student interpretation schemes addressed in chapter 13, (percentiles, grade- equivalent scores, or scale scores) which one would it be” Explain why you made that choice.
· In chapter 14, you read about the problem of improper test preparation practices. Based on what you read in the book, and what you know about test prep practices, do you think it is appropriate to have students practice the format/context used on the state test on their in class assessments? This refers to the types of questions, not the exact same questions that are found on the test. Explain why you believe the way you do.
Activity 2: Assessment Final Project – Develop the selected response questions you are going to use on the assessment you are revising. Make sure they are directly related to the learning outcomes you want to assess on the test. Make sure you have enough items to determine mastery.
CORE LEARNER OUTCOMES for Week 7:
· Implement fair qualitative and quantitative grading procedures including authentic assessments
· Interpret assessments, be able to communicate results to parents, and utilize results to inform instruction
Week 7 Assignments:
READ: Chapters 15 & 16 in Classroom Assessment. In addition, you need to read an article, by Douglas B Reeves, The Case Against the Zero, from the December 2004, Phi Delta Kappan.
VIEW: Power Point presentation: Unit 7 – Ethical Test Preparation Practices
DISCUSSION: This week’s discussion will be a little different. You will have three discussion threads. Instead of just reporting important ideas you read in the chapters you read, you will need to read an additional article about grading, view a power point and then respond to the discussion threads,
Your response should explain why you favor or oppose goal-attainment grading. Your response to the chapters should be posted by Wednesday midnight each week.
By Friday midnight of this week you will need to comment on at least one additional person’s stance on goal-attainment grading.
Activity 1: Also from the document sharing area, download the “Understanding NCLB State Assessment Data Reports.” Review the results and make some inferences about them. Identify the strengths and weaknesses you see based on the data. Respond by posting your answers by Friday midnight. By Sunday midnight, you should read the postings of your peers and respond to at least one.
Activity 2: Creating Your Final Assessment Project –Constructed Response Items
This week you will begin constructing the items in your final assessment project by developing the constructed response questions you will use. Each constructed response (open- ended or closed) should be directly related to at least one of the learning outcomes for the unit. You will also create scoring rubrics for the 5 open ended constructed response items. Complete directions are found in the activity section.
Respond by posting your constructed response items and the rubrics by Friday midnight. By Sunday midnight, you should read the postings of your peers and respond to at least one.
THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK:
· Take your final exam.
· Develop a performance event to include in your final assessment project.
· Post discussion threads and respond to as you have done each week. The performance event will need to be posted by Wednesday midnight this week. You will need to post your response to your peers by Thursday midnight.
· Reflect on what you have learned in this class.
· You have your final project to complete and post by Saturday night.
CORE LEARNER OUTCOMES for Week 8:
· Develop appropriate, measurable goals, and objectives using the taxonomy of instructional objectives
Week 8 Assignments:
DISCUSSION: For week 8, there are two discussion threads. They will be worth 15 points each this week, because you will be looking back at the whole class and picking out some of the most important things you have learned.
For the first thread you will need to postthe three most significant things you learned in this class. The responses should explain at least three ideas or major points you got from everything you read and discussed.
Initial posts should be posted by Wednesday midnight this week.
By Friday midnight this week you will need to comment on at least one additional person’s response.
For the second discussion thread, you will need to develop a brief posting discussing what you might do differently in your own classroom based on what you have learned in this class. Initial posts should be posted by Wednesday midnight this week.
Activity 1: Your final piece of the assessment you are developing is a performance event. You will be developing that this week. You will need to work on it early in the week in order to post it by Wednesday midnight this week. That way you will have time to get feedback from your peers and then pull your whole assessment together in the form of a single “test.”
By Friday midnight this week you will need to comment on at least one additional person’s response to the reading.
Activity 2: This week you will complete your final assessment project – the test you have revised over the course of this class Post your completed classroom assessment project in the project area by Friday midnight. By Sunday midnight, you should review the postings of your classmates and respond to at least one.
Academic Honesty:As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20
Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.
Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.
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NATIONAL AND STATE STANDARDS ADDREDDED IN ED6O8
For Teacher Leadership M.Ed. students - National Board Standards Addressed in ED608
· Professional skills in using instructional strategies and methods of inquiry supported by wisdom of practice/research. (NBPTS 2, 5, 6, 7)
· Decision making and planning skills based on knowledge of content areas, best practices, and curricular goals. (NBPTS 1, 2, 5, 8, 10)
· Commitment to ethical practices and professional standards. (NBPTS 1, 4, 9)
· Ability to develop and interpret multiple assessment strategies to help ensure the continuous development of the learner. (NBPTS 1, 2, 7, 8)
· Ability to incorporate different approaches to learning. (NBPTS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
· Ability to become inclusive educators who can provide service to a diverse community. (NBPTS 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 13)
· Ability to diagnose education problems and devise prescriptive strategies. (NBPTS 1, 5, 8, 10)
· Ability to collaborate with educators at different levels. (NBPTS 11, 12)
· Technology skills for gathering, analyzing information, enhancing instructional practices increasing professional productivity and managing change. (NBPTS 13)
For Educational Leadership M. Ed. Students - ISLLC Standards Addressed in ED608
ISLLC Standard 2: An education leader promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
B. Create comprehensive, rigorous, coherent and research-based curricular and co-curricular programs;
C. Create personalized and motivating learning environments that meet the needs of all students;
E. Develop assessment and accountability systems to monitor student progress;
G. Maximize time spent on quality instruction;
I. Monitor and evaluate the impact of the instructional program on learning.
For MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) Students - MoSTEP (Initial Certification)
1.2 Professional Competencies for Teacher Preparation (Initial)
Candidates for teacher certification have completed a program of content, professional, pedagogical, and integrative studies.
1.2.3 The preservice teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
1.2.4 The preservice teacher recognizes the importance of long-range planning and curriculum development and develops, implements, and evaluates curriculum based upon student, district, and state performance standards.
1.2.5 The preservice teacher uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
1.2.8 The preservice teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner.
Performance Indicators: The preservice teacher
126.96.36.199 employs a variety of formal and informal assessment techniques (e.g., observation, portfolios of student work, teacher-made tests, performance tasks, projects, student self-assessments, authentic assessments, and standardized tests) to enhance and monitor his/her knowledge of learning, to evaluate student progress and performances, and to modify instructional approaches and learning strategies;
188.8.131.52 uses assessment strategies to involve learners in self-assessment activities, to help them become aware of their learning behaviors, strengths, needs and progress, and to encourage them to set personal goals for learning;
184.108.40.206 evaluates the effect of class activities on both individual and the class as a whole, collecting information through observation of classroom interactions, questioning, and analysis of student work;
220.127.116.11 maintains useful records of student work and performances and can communicate student progress knowledgeably and responsibly, based on appropriate indicators, to student, parents, and other colleagues.
1.2.9 The preservice teacher is a reflective practitioner of the profession continually assesses the effects of his/her choices and actions on others. This reflective practitioner actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally and utilizes the assessment and professional growth to generate more learning for more students.
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